Team members: Dr. Jeffery Cornett, Dr. Wanda Lastrapes, Dr. Richard Chant, Dr. John White, Dr. Brian Zoellner, Dr. Madalina Tanase, Ms. Lashanda Roberts, Ms. Melissa Osborn, Ms. Kelly Wood
Realizing that pre-service teachers learn best when they can connect educational theory and research with classroom practice overseen by highly-qualified professional educators, the Department of Foundations and Secondary Education decided to revamp its community-based learning experiences. The team worked with teachers at Sandalwood High School to create a strong, mutually-advantageous, community-based field experience model for lower-and upper level UNF courses grounded in empirically supported professional dispositions, pedagogical content knowledge, and discipline-specific content knowledge. This realignment payed special attention to providing pre-service teachers with opportunities to define, reflect upon, and value diversity. In an effort to allow for and incite transformation, the restructured framework built in an electronic portfolio for students to reflect on their professional dispositions, pedagogical content knowledge, and discipline-specific content knowledge as they made their way through the program.